Many people are very ignorant about how their mind works. It is a case of whether the dog is wagging his tail or is the tail wagging the dog. Do we allow our minds to tell us what to do and follow its lead or do we take control of the mind and direct ourselves towards things that are productive? In reality we should be in control of the mind and direct the pathways that we should take.
Our mind is such a complex part of our makeup but most of us do not understand its functions in order to utilize its full capability. Those who study the mind seem to understand its true nature and how it works. However since each of us have a mind that controls so much of who we are, it should be important to each of us to understand how this body component works.
The Bible encourages us to be in control of our minds and do not let it lead you into destructive paths of sin and evil. In other words you are to exercise will power and self-control over your own mind to insure that you do what is right and decent for yourself and others around you. This makes good common sense but too many people cannot separate their minds from who they are. When you hear mind chatter you think that is the real you speaking internally but what you hear is not always from a reliable source.
What if you walk into a bank desperate for money and the thought comes across your mind to rob the bank? Is that the real you speaking to you or is it just wild thoughts. What if you are alone with a married person and attracted sexually to that person? Would you follow the chatter of your mind or instead take control and do what is right?
Most of us have wild thoughts that we never act upon. However there are times when we are vulnerable and do not exercise will power to override our wild thoughts. Those are the times when we do wrong things knowing they are wrong. Had we overruled our wild thought we would not have done what we knew to be wrong. This means that we must exercise control over the mind in order to make sound judgments. Must we become schizophrenic and talk amongst our different internal personalities? In a way, Yes!
Everything that goes through your mind is not a command. Some is imagination, some wishful thinking, perception, memory, emotion, wild thoughts and some just puffery. Ordinarily we prioritize our thoughts but there are times when our will power is weak and we follow the mind into unwise choices. This begins with how your mind is trained in the first place.
If a child is raised with a good set of morals and behaviors that child will more than likely develop an internal safety net that will override most evil-wild thoughts. This is known as will power. This allows you to hear the mind chatter and refuse to act upon it. Our morals and values usually protect us from some wrongful desires and intentions. However there are some thoughts that appear to come from a source very deep within us that can’t seem to override by will power alone. This source appear to be from a place beyond our control. The Bible puts it this way:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
You don’t need to be a Bible scholar to realize there is truth in this statement. There are times when we are overwhelmed by our thoughts and we actually act upon them knowing they are wrong. Alternatively if you knew that your mind is merely a tool then you could choose to exercise more will power to override a sinful thought coming through your mind. Your mind shouldn’t define who you are.
Obviously from a biblical prospective you want to go deeper into preventative measures than mere will power. If you are attacked from a power not of this realm you will need an even superior power to override the force of evil. Our will power can only control so much but there are times when we need something stronger. Again if the mind has not been trained in such things it might be missing a vital part of the available tool set.
Most matured people realize how lethal the mind can be. It can lead into dangerous, wild thinking and course actions.
“Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.” -Napoleon Hill-
My point to you is to be in control over your mind and tell it how you wish to live according to righteous behaviors rather than the alternative ones. If you require additional assistance there are Psychologists, therapist and the like but there is also the One who made all things, even our doctors. In God we trust!